The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) is the global body for the social work profession. It comprises 146 National Associations of Social Work representing 5 million professionals. The Federation’s organisational country-level members strive for social justice, human rights, and inclusive, sustainable social development through the promotion of social work best practices and engagement in international cooperation. For more information:

The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) is an autonomous research institute within the United Nations system that undertakes multidisciplinary research and policy analysis on the social dimensions of contemporary development issues. Through our work, we aim to ensure that social equity, inclusion, and justice are central to development thinking, policy, and practice. For more information:

The Baha’i International Community represents the worldwide Baha’i community, whose members come from every national, ethnic, religious, cultural, and socio-economic background, representing a cross-section of humanity. Active in various global fora, the Baha’i International Community maintains United Nations offices in New York and Geneva, as well as regional offices in Addis Ababa, Brussels, and Jakarta. Viewing global advancement primarily through the lens of capacity building, we seek the empowerment of increasingly larger segments of humanity to work effectively toward the spiritual and material betterment of all. Toward this end, we offer insights from the Baha’i teachings and the experience of the worldwide Baha’i community in trying to put those insights into practice in support of efforts to address global challenges. More information:

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 independent and equal countries. It is home to 2.5 billion people, and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. Our members work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace, amplify the voice of small states, and protect the environment. For more information:

Commonwealth Organisation for Social Work (COSW), representing social work perspectives across the 54 Commonwealth countries and promote professional development, partnerships, and cooperation in social work practice, education, and research. For more information:

The Commonwealth Secretariat’s youth development work is delivered through the Commonwealth Youth Programme, which has been supporting member countries for over 40 years. They aim to support the effective participation of young women and men in development processes and promote their engagement at all levels of decision-making, including with Heads of Government. For more information:

As the representative body of the INGOs enjoying participatory status with the Council of Europe, the Conference facilitates the participation of organised civil society in the work of the Council of Europe. It serves as a platform where civil society can interact with the Council of Europe in the attainment of its goals.  It also promotes participatory democracy, active citizenship and freedom of association. For more information:

The Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO) is an independent, international membership association founded in 1948, the year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As a non-governmental organization (NGO) in general consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council, our work relates to the entire United Nations System: the Secretariat, Agencies, Treaty Bodies, Regional Commissions, Institutes, Summits and World Conferences.

CoNGO wholeheartedly endorses the goals and values enshrined in the United Nations Charter, and is a strong advocate for multilateralism to resolve global political, environmental, health and other threats. We encourage NGOs around the world to cooperate with the United Nations to promote and support its work and to draw civil society into an enduring partnership with the world body. Close to 40 CoNGO Substantive Committees (called NGO Committees) related to CoNGO in New York, Geneva, Vienna and regions worldwide demonstrate our commitment to supporting the mission of the United Nations, systemwide.

CoNGO has a membership of diverse NGOs working in consultation with the United Nations, in collaboration with each other, and in cooperation with other like-minded stakeholders. CoNGO recognizes its role in adding value to the efforts of our members to effectively contribute to the achievement of goals agreed upon by the United Nations and its Member States. We particularly support young people and youth organizations as active participants and partners in all United Nations processes. For more information:

FaithInvest empowers faith groups to invest in line with their values. We are an international, not-for-profit membership organisation for faith-based institutional investors and our aim is to grow the scale and impact of faith-consistent, values-driven investing worldwide for the benefit of people and planet. We do not make investment decisions or manage funds for the faiths; instead we support the rapidly growing movement of faiths actively using their investments to create a better world through our network, platform and collaboration. For more information:

The Global Commission on Drug Policy was established in 2011 by political leaders, cultural figures, and globally influential personalities. It currently comprises 26 members, including fourteen former Heads of States or Government and four Noble Prize Laureates. Our mission is to promote evidence-based drug policy that encompasses health, development, social justice and security, with a strict regard for human rights. For more information:

The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance (GSSWA) works towards a world in which a well-planned, developed and supported social service workforce engages people, structures and organizations to strengthen and build individual, child, family and community well-being and resilience. To achieve this, we work to build and channel the political will, actions, resources and structures necessary for a social service workforce that is knowledgeable, capable, critically reflective, resilient and committed. For more information:

The Global Student Forum (GSF) is the umbrella organisation of the world’s major representative student federations and the only independent, democratic, and representative student governance structure dedicated to promoting the rights and perspectives of student organisations and movements on the global level. For more information:

The GEC is the world’s largest alliance for green and fair economies. Our members include trade unions, businesses, NGOs, UN agencies and citizen’s groups. All are united by the belief that green and fair economies are possible, necessary, and achievable. For more information:

The International Association for Community Development (IACD) is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline concerned with the organisation, education and empowerment of people within their communities and the International Association for Community Development (IACD) is the only global multi-disciplinary network for those who work in this field.

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The International Association of Schools of Social Work, (IASSW) is the worldwide association of all schools of social work educational programmes, and social work educators. Promoting the development of social work education throughout the world, IAASW comprises 305 institutional members, 145 individual members, and 6 affiliate members. For more information:

The International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) is a non-governmental organization (112 members and 65 countries) focuses on advocacy, knowledge-building, and technical assistance projects that work closely with IFSW and IASSW from 1928 until now. For more information:

The International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), founded in 1951, is one of the world’s oldest and largest student-run organisations. It represents, connects and engages every day with an inspiring and engaging network of 1.3 million medical students from 141 NMOs in 131 countries around the globe. For more information:

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global body representing pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, and pharmaceutical education. Comprising 146 national organisations, academic institutional members, and individual members, representing over four million pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, and pharmaceutical educators around the world. For more information:

The Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) is an international non-governmental institution with associative status in UNESCO, created in 1967. Currently, it brings together 736 research and postgraduate centers in the field of social sciences and humanities in 51 countries of Latin America and other continents. For more information:

Power Us is an international network of teachers, researchers from schools of social work, and representatives from different service user organizations. We promote professional development and service delivery to all, acknowledge experience as a valuable source of knowledge professionalism and current partners are from over fifteen countries globally. For more information:

The Global Union Federation of Workers in Public Services (PSI)  is a Global Union Federation of more than 700 trade unions representing 30 million workers in 154 countries. We bring their voices to the UN, ILO, WHO and other regional and global organisations. We defend trade union and workers’ rights and fight for universal access to quality public services. For more information:

The Social Work Ethics Research Group (SWERG) is a special interest group of the European Social Work Research Association, with a global membership. The group undertakes collaborative research on ethical issues in social work and related professions, considering topics ranging from ethical decision-making to professional identity, with a focus on cross-national perspectives and comparisons. Recently SWERG partnered with the International Federation of Social Workers in a study of the ethical challenges for social workers worldwide during COVID-19, producing ethical guidance and resources for practice and education. For more information:

UNICEF works in the world’s toughest places to reach the most disadvantaged children and adolescents – and to protect the rights of every child, everywhere. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we do whatever it takes to help children survive, thrive and fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.  For more information:

The UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts (UNESCO RILA) is held by Prof Alison Phipps (OBE, FRSE, FRSA, FAcSS) at the University of Glasgow. The UNESCO RILA programme is supported by a team of academics, artists in residence, and administrators working across a portfolio of externally funded research projects and partnering in a range of cultural and community engagement activities. For more information:

The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) is the only worldwide professional society representing and serving the broad field of public health internationally to make a difference in the health of the people in today’s globalised world. For more information: